HOT on the heels of their event at Arley Hall in Cheshire, Cooper Antiques Fairs move on to two more March fixtures, the more notable being the one held this weekend from March 18 to 20 at Powderham Castle, near Exeter in Devon.
The Powderham Castle fair was launched last February by Sue
Ede, owner of Cooper Fairs, and made an immediate impact. It
garnered tremendous local support and I think everyone was taken
aback at just how well it was received.
The fair consolidated its reputation with a second staging last
October and it must be now considered the premier vetted, quality
fair in the West Country.
This year's fair, again, has got much local backing with West
Country dealers well to the fore among the 40 or so exhibitors
housed both inside the castle and outside in a 60ft marquee.
Locals include Hatherleigh Antiques, who are well known for their
early furniture and carvings, and Musgrave Bickford who specialise
in clocks and barometers.
There are two dealers from delightful Topsham, which is situated
on the river just outside Exeter - Mere Antiques, well known on the
fairs circuit for their period furniture and porcelain, and Domani
with decorative items.
From further afield come Lamont Fine Art of Leices-tershire, with
19th century and Contem-porary pictures and sculpture, and P &
J.C. Wathern from Dyfed, with maps and topographical prints.
Admission at Powderham is £4.50, as it is at the Easter weekend
fair not too far away at Westonbirt School, Tetbury,
Westonbirt is one of Cooper Fairs' oldest fixtures and it is now
held three times a year, the first being from March 25 to 27 when
the girls are on holiday.
Some 50 exhibitors are ranged around the central hall and the
Orangery and, as at all Cooper fairs, the local trade are well
represented, among them Catherine Hunt with Oriental
Dealers standing at both Powderham and Westonbirt include the
exotically-titled Fu tsang Lung from South Yorkshire, with Oriental
work; Denise Robinson of Typically English, with period porcelain,
and Jeffrey Neal and Lyn Bloom from The London Silver Vaults.
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